SunJack Portable Solar Charger

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When we first heard of the SunJack Charger, we thought it was a great idea, and after using it for a few weeks – we can now also say it was intelligently executed. The concept of using solar power isn’t new, but the SunJack is an easy and affordable way to harness the sun and refuel your electronic USB devices. The four solar panels in the 14W unit we tested conveniently fold up into a case about the size of an iPad – and the case folds, loops, and provided carabiner clips make it super easy to align the SunJack with the direction of sunlight, regardless of what you have to available to prop the unit with. Perfect for camping, hiking, long days at the beach, or simply charging your phone at home – the SunJack battery can fill 4 iPhone charges after being exposed to just 5 hours of sunlight. Plus, we experienced charging times very comparable to using a standard wall charger. We also tested their optional USB LED light, which is a great addition for evening excursions, power outages, and campgrounds. Learn more about SunJack products at

GET IT: $145

Great Things for Hurricanes

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Nearly two weeks later, Hurricane Sandy still has my apartment powerless – the picture above was taken from my front stoop after the storm. Rather than gripe about the damage and recount tales of eating canned food, sleeping on friends couches, and skipping showers (currently writing this from my parents kitchen and I’m showered), it seemed more logical to blog in the spirit of Frachelli – great stuff. With a slight spin, here are some great things for Hurricanes. In no particular order:


As I learned, putting garbage bags over your feet to slosh through flooded streets isn’t exactly durable. Even if you never go duck hunting, having a good pair of waders in your closet will do wonders for when you need to walk through sewage water after a nasty storm.

Solar Powered Charger

If you live in an apartment, you can’t have a generator due to the exhaust – and even if you do have a generator, gas runs out. A solar powered charger can really come in handy to charge up your small electronic devices.

Landline Phone

I don’t have a landline phone and stubbornly probably never will. But when a big storm hits, cell phones don’t work. A landline can get you through to friends, family and emergency services when all else fails. However, a landline won’t do you much good if a tree falls and rips out the line. Let’s hope that just doesn’t happen.

Battery Powered LED Lights

When nature calls, us men are too proud to sit even in the worst of circumstances, and peeing in the dark can be disastrous. Battery Powered LED Lights provide ample lighting allowing you to find things, avoid walking into furniture, shave, go to the bathroom, and etc.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a natural disaster superfood. It’s high in protein and doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. Rice cakes also stay longer than bread, so spread some peanut butter across those puppies to survive when you can’t get to the supermarket. Of course, add Jelly before it goes bad!


No power = no TV = boredom = fighting with whoever you’re stuck with. If you’re able to charge up your iPad like my friend and fellow refugee was (we camped out in a building lobby that had power to charge our stuff), you and your powerless pals can watch up to 10 hours of video on an iPad – allowing you consume 5 two-hour movies before your next charge.

DEAL: Solar Powered Battery Charger

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What if you need keep your cell phone charged, but your destination does not have electricity? Perfect for campers, hikers, and suburbanites that are always on the run – this solar powered backup battery charger has you covered. This backup battery pack is charged via USB but will also refill up to 50% of its charge via solar panels. Even if you’re within civilization and want to be eco-friendly, you can suction-cup the charger to a window to catch some rays and skip using your standard charger. The device also has a nifty LED light (when you don’t have power, you usually don’t have light either).

DEAL: $28 (53% OFF)